Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Divergent - Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

This book came out nearly a month ago. If you haven't read it by now...well...why the heck not?

Like many people, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up. Not because it was getting bad reviews, but because of the opposite. It was getting AMAZING reviews, and sometimes when that happens, I get my hopes all up, and then I read it only to find that the book just really isn't for me at all.

If this senario sounds familiar to you, take heart. Muster up your courage. Be brave.

Read this book.

For the love of all that is good, READ THIS BOOK. (I cannot stress this enough).

Take my hand.  Let me show you the way.  You will not regret it.

Veronica Roth (who is only like 23, and I am super-jealous of her writing ability...I want to capture her brain in a jar and make it tell me all its literary secrets...that's not creepy, is it?) has crafted an incredible dystopian landscape of a post-war society. The society has split off into five factions, each one holding one ideal (selflessness, bravery, honesty and so on) above the rest, and essentially shunning the others.

But when you turn sixteen years old, you are given a choice. Well, first you are given a test. The purpose of the test is to tell you which faction you are most suited to as a person. And while, in the end, the choice is entirely up to you as to which trait you devote your life to, there is a catch...you can't belong to more than one.

When Beatrice's results come back that she is a Divergent (a person torn between two or more factions), she is told to keep it a secret and move on with her life as quietly as she can, or else face exile.

Divergent is the story of the choice Beatrice makes, and how the results of a single choice in your life can change everything.

The characters in Divergent are amazing and beautifully complex.

There is action and adventure, heartbreak and romance, family and the pressures of society.

You have to read this book.

geekgirl demands it.

That is all.

<3 geekgirl

Saturday, May 28, 2011

In My Mailbox (21)

In My Mailbox was created by The Story Siren. It's a weekly meme where bloggers share the books they've received throughout the week.

If you'd like to participate, or would like to know more, here's the link: In My Mailbox

Sooo...it's been awhile since I've done one of these.  So I've got a lot to share with you this week...I'm a little intimidated, really.

The to-read pile is now reaching frighteningly epic proportions...but that's okay, because my self-inflicted summer reading challenge begins today.

100 books in 100 days.  Can I do it?  Will I do it?  (will I go blind?)

Only time will tell.

But in the meantime, I went a little crazy at the library these last few days, so here's what I got...

Doppelganger by David  Stahler Jr.
Early to Death, Early to Rise by Kim Harrison
Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
The Devouring by Simon Holt
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Soulstice by Simon Holt
Tomorrow Girls, Behind the Gates  by Eva Gray
The Well by A.J. Whitten
Exile by Anne Osterlund

And also, for review (thank you very much, publishers!)...

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Wish me luck, everyone!

What was in your mailbox?

Happy Reading!


Weekend Wishlist (15) Unraveled by Gena Showalter

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.

Anyway, here's mine!

Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King—while still a human! Well, kind of.
With four—oops, three now—human souls living inside his head, Aden has always been "different" himself. These souls can time-travel, raise the dead, possess another's mind and, his least favorite these days, tell the future.

The forecast for Aden? A knife through the heart.

Because a war is brewing between the creatures of the dark, and Aden is somehow at the center of it all. But he isn't about to lie down and accept his destiny without a fight. Not when his new friends have his back, not when Victoria has risked her own future to be with him, and not when he has a reason to live for the first time in his life….

 I finished Intertwined this past week and I loved it!  (review coming soon!)  So this one is definitely making its way on to my to-read pile.

So what about you?


Oh, and if you'd like to take part, just post your link below.  Remember, the focus of this meme is on back-list (already published) titles, so as much as we look forward to upcoming books, this is only for ones that have been out for awhile that are sitting on our to-read piles, okie dokie?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Abandon - Meg Cabot


New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.
Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

Ah, Meg Cabot.  How I've missed you.

Being that this was by Meg Cabot AND it was about the Persephone myth--a.k.a. my favorite greek myth ever--there was no way I was going to miss out on this one.

And I wasn't disappointed.

Abandon follows Pierce, a modern-day Persephone (but who'd like to point out has it much more difficult than Persephone ever did) two years after her daring escape from the Underworld and came back from the dead.

The only problem is that the Underworld isn't quite ready to let her go.  It's leader, John (the new Hades in town) has been showing up in the real world ever since she got back, and it's making her a little nervous, because every time he shows up, somebody gets hurt.

This book is very much part of a trilogy, so a lot of it is setting up the story.  I've heard other reviews complain about that, but, c'mon people...it's Meg Cabot.  She's not going to let us down.

I really enjoyed the character of Pierce.  Even though there's so much bad stuff happening to her allllll the time, she's really more concerned with other people.  I also adored her cousin (for reasons I'm not quite sure of, since we really didn't get to know him too much), but I loved John.  Usually, I can't stand it when the love interest character is all gorgeous and powerful and perfect.  It irritates me because, generally, people really aren't like that.  But John wasn't perfect.  For all his powers and strength and good looks, he was kind of vulnerable.  It's as though he's been doing the Underworld gig for so long that he's forgotten when it's like to be human.  But he's trying...well, not exactly trying to be human, but he's trying to protect Pierce, and that endears him to me a great deal.

All in all, Cabot has created a very intricate backstory and some really loveable characters.  This one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger though, so I'm already dying to get my hands on book two.

Great read!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (20)

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

 The wars that followed The Collapse nearly destroyed civilization. Now, twenty years later, the world is faced with a choice—rebuild what was or make something new.

Stephen Quinn, a quiet and dutiful fifteen-year-old scavenger, travels Post-Collapse America with his Dad and stern ex-Marine Grandfather. They travel light. They keep to themselves. Nothing ever changes. But when his Grandfather passes suddenly and Stephen and his Dad decide to risk it all to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down. With his father terribly injured, Stephen is left alone to make his own choices for the first time.

Stephen’s choices lead him to Settler's Landing, a lost slice of the Pre-Collapse world where he encounters a seemingly benign world of barbecues, baseball games and days spent in a one-room schoolhouse. Distrustful of such tranquility, Stephen quickly falls in with Jenny Tan, the beautiful town outcast. As his relationship with Jenny grows it brings him into violent conflict with the leaders of Settler's Landing who are determined to remake the world they grew up in, no matter what the cost.

Oh, post-apocalyptic fiction, how do I love thee?

Let me count the ways...

No, let me just read this book!

I can't wait to get my hands on this one.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Reading Challenge '11

 Hello Everyone!

I've decided that, since I'm so very behind on my to-read-pile, I'm going to issue myself (and whoever else wants to join me in my insanity) a little summer reading challenge.

Starting May 29th and going through to Labor Day, I'm going to attempt to read 100 books.

Yeah, that's right. 

100 books in 100 days.

Will I make it?  Only time will tell.

But either way, I'm going to make a big dent in my to-read-pile.

So who's with me?

Clearly, you don't have to go for the full 100.  Maybe you'd like to read 10 books this summer?  Maybe 20?  50?

Who knows....well... I'd love to!

Let me know if you're on board for my little challenge, and how many books you're aiming for!

Lots of love and happy reading!


Cover-Judgers Anonymous (8)

Never judge a book by its cover.

 If you've read my blog, you've probably heard me refer to myself as a shameless cover-judger.  I know, I'm seeking help.  But I don't think I'm the only one out there who does it.

So I invite you, readers, to share your opinion, and maybe we can find a cure for this problem together...or not.

Here's today's choice... The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

A steamy Southern beauty makes one fatal mistake. 
Natalie Hargrove would kill to be her high school’s Palmetto Princess. But her boyfriend Mike King doesn’t share her dream and risks losing the honor of Palmetto Prince to Natalie’s nemesis, Justin Balmer. So she convinces Mike to help play a prank on Justin. . . one that goes terribly wrong. They tie him to the front of the church after a party—when they arrive the next morning, Justin is dead.
From blackmail to buried desire, dark secrets to darker deeds, Natalie unravels. She never should’ve messed with fate. Fate is the one thing more twisted than Natalie Hargrove.
Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence.

On the left is the original cover, which to be honest, didn't catch my eye at all the first time I saw it.  It's the cover on the right that did it for me.  I saw this and was instantly going hello, beautiful, and scrambling to find out what the book was about.

Originally published with the cover on the left, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is being re-released with the new cover.  

What do you think?


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ruby Red - Kerstin Gier

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

Ruby Red is the first in a trilogy that was originally released in Germany. It's beautifully written, hilarious at times, and contains the following: time-travel, mistaken identity, and ghosts who don't know they're ghosts and who therefore think that Gwen and her best friend are really very improper. Which they are, but really, that's not the point.

The point is that time travel is possible. People in Gwen's family have been doing it for centuries. Not with a time machine, but with a gene. That means that not everyone can do it. Not everyone has the gene. Gwen doesn't, so other than telling her it's possible, the whole time-travel thing is very hush-hush. On the other hand, Gwen's cousin has the gene, and she's been preparing for her first trip through time for as long as Gwen can remember.

Except...someone made a mistake, and it's Gwen, not her cousin, that begins bouncing through the past.

I found Gwen endearing. She's so sweet and such a typical teenager compared to her stuck-up cousin and relatives, though it was a little aggravating to see her just let others get away with not believing her. Not about the time travel or about the ghosts. I kept wanting to shake the other characters who couldn't be bothered with her and yell at them "JUST LISTEN TO HER! SHE'S TELLING THE TRUTH!"

It's not often that I want to throttle characters on the main character's behalf. That just goes to show how much I liked Gwen.

This was a really cute read, and I can see why it's a hit in its original German.

And oh? That tapping you hear? It's me tapping my foot as I wait for book two to be translated. Because I need it.


Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday (19)

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...

Eve - Anna Carey
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

I'm all about the dystopians right now, and this one sounds soooo good.

I can't wait to read it!

What about you?


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dystopian Tour!

Good Morning Everyone!

Are you as excited as I am?

Probably not.  Because guess what I'm going to tonight...

I'll give you a hint...

I'm going to the Dystopian Tour tonight.  In which Lauren Oliver will be signing Delirium and Veronica Roth will be signing Divergent and I will be there fan-girling like crazy.  Because these novels?  Superb.

I'll be attending the event at Chapters Yorkdale tonight, but if you miss that one, you're not out of luck yet, since these ladies have more stops before they leave Canada.

Here are the stops so far:

May 17th – Indigo Yorkdale at 7:00 pm
May 18th – Chapters Barrie at 7:00 pm
May 19th – Chapters Brampton at 7:00 pm

I hope I'll see you there!
Happy Reading!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend Wishlist (14)

Hey everyone!  Happy Saturday!
Do you have a list of books building up in your head (or on your bookshelf), that have been out for awhile, but you've never read, but you keep hoping you will?
Weekend Wishlist is a way for bloggers to share their to-be-read piles with each other, and to remind themselves that, though we all adore the new releases, there are many backlist titles that deserve our love too.

Anyway, here's mine!

Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?

I've been wanting to read this one for awhile, but I haven't managed to get my hands on it yet.  Still a big fan of the supernatural.

Have you guys read this one?  Did you like it?

Let me know!


Oh, and if you'd like to take part, just post your link below.  Remember, the focus of this meme is on backlist (already published) titles, so as much as we look forward to upcoming books, this is only for ones that have been out for awhile that are sitting on our to-read piles, okie dokie?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Magic Under Glass - Jaclyn Dolamore

Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir.
Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I love fantasy.  I grew up on fantasy.  And the world that Jaclyn Dolamore has created in Magic Under Glass is just so beautiful and unique that I can't find words.  Nimira is drawn into a bargain she really can't refuse, to sing alongside a clockwork man as he plays the piano, or to continue forever as a trouser-girl, a low-class dancer.  The only problem is that apparently the clockwork man is haunted.  At least, that's what all the other girls her new boss hired before her thought.  But, as Nimira has no choice, she sticks it out and discovers that the clockwork man isn't haunted.  Not exactly.  Instead, the soul of a fairy prince is trapped inside.

As she begins to make friends with the trapped prince, the clockwork man's secret is discovered and it's a race against time to protect him from those who would see him--and the soul inside him--destroyed.

This book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, and I was left begging for more.  I think book two is in the works, and I for one can't wait to get my hands on it.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (18)

Waiting on Wednesday was a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, so that bloggers can feature upcoming realases that they cannot wait to get their hands one.

Here's mine...


A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

 I'm all about the dystopian literature right now, and I've always had a wicked survivalist streak.  So end of the world type fiction?  Completely up my alley.  I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

What about you?

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